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Colosseum: Tour with Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

1. Colosseum: Tour with Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Explore the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill with a guided tour of all 3 attractions. Learn all about the biggest amphitheater in the Roman Empire, everyday Roman life, and the founding site of the city. After skipping the ticket line, explore the Colosseum as your guide shares its history with your group. See the arena floor from the stands, and imagine the battle scenes with gladiators and wild animals below. Next, visit the Roman Forum to see where the center of Roman social, political, and religious life took place. Home to the old marketplace and Temple of Julius Caesar, it was a grand site at the heart of Roman life. Head up Palatine Hill next, the rumored birthplace of Rome and middle of the 7 hills. Enjoy panoramic views over the city from here, including unforgettable views of the Colosseum and Roman Forum themselves. Travel along the Via Sacra, the road connecting all 3 sites, as your guide paints a picture of Roman life for your group.

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Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill Fast-Track Tour

2. Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill Fast-Track Tour

Go back in time to the glorious days of Ancient Rome. Hear enticing stories of emperors and common people from your guide. Explore the Colosseum (1st and 2nd levels), Arch of Constantine, Roman Forum, Arch of Titus, Temple of Romulus, Temple of Julius Caesar, Senate House, Palatine Hill, and Stadium of Domitian. Breeze past the crowds and enter the Colosseum with your guide. As you marvel at this Roman structure, your guide will set the scene for what attending a gladiator match was like. Discover the first and second tiers of the Colosseum, areas that were reserved for Rome’s most elite. Learn how the Colosseum was built and the history of the bloody battles that defined ancient Roman history. Spend an hour inside of the Colosseum, which is perfect for families or those who want to cover the most ground in little time. Next, follow your guide to Palatine Hill, the site where Romulus is said to have founded the city in 753 B.C. Admire the opulent palaces characterized by detailed artifacts and mosaics. Besides being the residence of Rome’s most elite, they were enormous treasure troves. See a piece of an ancient Roman aqueduct. Finally, make your way to the Roman Forum. Be escorted around what the locals like to call “ancient downtown Rome.” Discover the cultural hub of ancient Rome where all the action happened, from senate meetings to poetry performances and political protests.

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Rome: Skip-the-Line Tour to Colosseum, Forum, Palatine Hill

3. Rome: Skip-the-Line Tour to Colosseum, Forum, Palatine Hill

Skip the line with an expert guide in this tour of the highlights of the Colosseum, Forum, and Palatine Hill. Hear your guide clearly with the included headsets. Listen in your own language with options in English, French, and German.  Enter the Colosseum through the dedicated Group Entrance. Follow in the footsteps of gladiators and see the monument in a 360° panoramic vantage point. Imagine what it was like to see 50,000 blood-thirsty spectators with help from your passionate guide. Visit the Forum and walk around several important ancient Rome governments buildings. Take a step into the past at the Forum Magnum, which was once a bustling marketplace. Learn more about the ancient Roman culture and picture how they lived. Go up Palatine Hill, one of the seven hills of Rome. Experience the most ancient place in the city, situated 40 meters above the Roman Forum. Marvel at the view of the Circus Maximus.

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Rome: Ancient Monuments 3-Hr Small Group Tour with Colosseum

4. Rome: Ancient Monuments 3-Hr Small Group Tour with Colosseum

Travel back to the days of the Roman Empire on a half-day guided tour of the main monuments of Ancient Rome. Meet your guide by the Colosseum, and start your tour in the greatest amphitheater built by the Romans. Your guide will bring 2,000 years of history to life, telling stories of the ferocious battles between man and beast put on for Roman citizens. Commissioned by Emperor Vespasian in 72 AD, and inaugurated by his son and successor Titus in 80 AD, the ampitheater remains one of the world’s architectural marvels. Next, follow in the footsteps of Roman emperors on a walk through the Imperial Forum, and learn how it was once the center of religious, political and commercial life in Rome. Hear the history of the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina, and learn about the Tabularium. Go to the Temple of Hadrian, now incorporated into a later building in Piazza di Pietra. See the original Roman street level below ground in the piazza. End at the Pantheon, the majestic temple of all Gods, commissioned by Marcus Agrippa in 27 BC. Marvel at the stunning entrance and massive interior, where marble from across the globe can be seen on the floor and walls. Used as a burial site since the Renaissance, the Pantheon’s tombs include the painter Raphael, and 2 kings of Italy.

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Rome: Colosseum Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill Access

5. Rome: Colosseum Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill Access

Begin your guided walking tour outside the magnificent Colosseum. Skip the long queues as you enter the impressive amphitheater. Dive into the history of Ancient Rome, as your entertaining guide teaches you all about Roman history, architecture, and archaeological facts. Take some time to explore the almost 2000-year-old monument at your own pace. Carry on to the Roman Forum. See the historic area that was once the center of all political, social, and economic life in the 'Eternal City. Explore the ancient ruins in your own time. Visit Palatine Hill, one of the most ancient parts of the city of Rome, believed to be the location of the cave, where Romulus and Remus were found by the she-wolf. Capture gorgeous, panoramic shots of the Colosseum and the city itself, from this iconic point.

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Rome: Colosseum and Arena Guided Tour

6. Rome: Colosseum and Arena Guided Tour

Discover the origins of the Roman Empire on this guided tour. Explore the archaeological complex of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and the Roman Forum in the company of a local guide and an archaeologist. Begin in front of the Colosseum, and enjoy skip-the-line tickets to enter the gladiators' entrance. Enjoy a great view of the Colosseum Underground dungeons, where wild beasts were kept before the gladiatorial games. Follow your guide to Palatine Hill, one of the seven hills of Rome and the birthplace of the city. Stroll through the Roman Forum, the beating heart of Rome’s legislative, juridical, and political events.

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Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill

7. Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill

Skip the line to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill on this guided walking tour. Learn all about the history of these iconic attractions from your expert guide. Visit the Colosseum, admire the vast building from every angle, notice where the building has crumbled from past earthquakes, and tread in the footsteps of ancient Romans. Walk up to Palatine Hill and take in breathtaking views of the ruins from above. Upon entering Palatine Hill, you'll see the House of Augustus and witness a wide collection of frescoes that would give you a deeper insight into Ancient Rome and its rulers. Explore the Roman Forum, a place that used to be the site of triumphal processions and elections and the venue for public speeches in ancient Rome. See the Temple of Romulus, an architectural wonder located within the Roman Forum. Hear fascinating stories about these sites from your tour guide.

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Rome: Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum Guided Tour

8. Rome: Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum Guided Tour

Explore the most famous amphitheater in the world on this guided tour. Enter the Colosseum with skip-the-line tickets and learn its incredible history. With your guide, walk on Palatine Hill and through the Roman Forum to see the most iconic monuments of Ancient Rome. Start your tour by admiring the outside of the Colosseum. Listen as your guide explains the history of the monument over the centuries. Enter the Amphitheater, through a security check, and discover the spectacular activities that took place inside it.  Visit the first floor to admire the interior. Observe the reconstructed portion of the arena and the underground system from above. Go downstairs to have a closer look at the arena and basement floor. End where the emperor's box was located, which housed his family and his guests of honor. Then, take a moment to stop in front of the imposing Arch of Constantine as your guide describes its history and most significant features. Walk on the ancient Via Sacra to reach the entrance to Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum. After the security check, admire the Arch of Titus up close. Continue with the tour of Palatine Hill, where the remains of the oldest settlement in the city are. Visit some of the most significant imperial residences: the Palatine Stadium, the Domus Augustana, and the Domus Flavia. Next, go down to the valley that hosts the Roman Forum. Along the Via Sacra, discover the magnificence of the Basilica of Maxentius, the bronze door of the temple of Romulus, the curious suspended door of the temple of Antoninus and Faustina, the temple, and the house of the Vestals. Finally, arrive in the central area of the Roman Forum, which over the centuries has become the political, religious, economic, legal center, and square of the ancient city. Here, admire and learn about the Curia, the Arch of Septimius Severus, the Tabularium, the temple of Saturn, and more.

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Rome: Imperial Highlights Half-Day Small Group Tour

9. Rome: Imperial Highlights Half-Day Small Group Tour

Learn the story of one of the world’s great empires on a 3-hour tour of Rome, and travel back to the days of the Roman Republic at the city’s main imperial monuments. Meet your guide by the Colosseum to start your tour at the Flavian amphitheater, commissioned by Emperor Vespasian in 72 AD, and inaugurated by his son Titus in 80 AD. Your guide will bring history to life, telling stories of the ferocious battles between man and beast put on for the Roman citizens. Next, follow in the footsteps of Roman emperors on a walk through the Imperial Forum, and learn how it was once the center of all religious, political and commercial life in Rome. Hear the history of the Temple of Concord and Temple of Saturn and Vesta, and learn about the Tabularium, an impressive temple to Antoninus and Faustina. Ascend Palatine Hill, one of the “7 Hills of Rome,” where Augustus moved his sumptuous villa in 44 BC. Hear how the Temple of Victory was used to house Cybele's sacred stone between 204 BC and 191 BC, and learn about the Temple of Jupiter Stator, founded by Romulus after a battle with the Sabines. Go to the main terrace of Palatine Hill for a full insight into the Maximum Circus, where the legendary chariot races of the Roman Republic were held.

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Vatican City and Ancient Rome Full-Day Small Group Tour

10. Vatican City and Ancient Rome Full-Day Small Group Tour

Travel back to the days of emperors and popes, and see the highlights of the papal collections on a 2-part, 6-hour tour of Rome. Start your full-day tour at the Arch of Constantine, and journey through Ancient Rome as you travel back to the days of the Roman Republic. Explore the vast Colosseum (Flavian Amphitheatre) to experience up-close the greatest arena the Romans built. Your guide will bring 2,000 years of history to life, telling stories of the ferocious battles between man and beast put on for the delight of Roman citizens. Then, follow in the footsteps of Roman emperors on a walk through the Imperial Forum. Learn how it was once the center of religious, political and commercial life in Rome. Hear the history of the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina. Learn the story of the Tabularium. Go to the Temple of Hadrian, now incorporated into a building in Piazza di Pietra, where you can see the original Roman street level below ground. End your morning tour at the Pantheon, the majestic temple of all gods. Commissioned by Marcus Agrippa in 27BC, its massive interior and inlaid marble floors is home to a burial site since the Renaissance times, where the tombs of Raphael and the kings of Italy can be found. Following a break for lunch, go to the Vatican Museums to discover the world’s most precious art collection. Skip the long ticket lines to enter the museums, and tour in a group of no more than 12 people for a more intimate experience. Collected by popes over many centuries, the collection includes works by Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bernini. See Michelangelo’s legendary frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Go to the Octagonal Courtyard to look at the Belvedere Apollo statue. Discover Greek and Roman masterpieces in the Pio Clementino Museum. Wander through the Gallery of Tapestries to see Flemish tapestries by Raphael’s pupils. Marvel at works by ancient cartographers in the Gallery of Maps. Then, go inside St. Peter's Basilica to see more masterpieces by Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bernini, including Michelangelo’s “La Pieta” beneath the dome of the world’s largest church.

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What people are saying about Tabularium

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,539 reviews

Really enjoyable and informative tour. Our tour guide Augustino was so much fun and helpful to all of us. Really good value and would definitely recommend to anyone. I would’ve preferred to spend more time in the colosseum but even with this we saw so much.

Everything was really good, I took the Spanish one and it is really interesting, informative and the best of it is that you can go inside the arena and in the underground, also to the usual places and you have a tour in Foro Romano as well Worth it

María Elena was phenomenal. She is very knowledgeable and very accommodating. We have a 2.5 year old with a stroller and she went through routes that were accommodating. Great tour and would definitely do it again!!

Elena was so engaging! I was entertained and informed for the whole 3 hours! Having an expert archaeologist take you around was pretty special! Thank you for everything!

Very professional guide (Alexandra), engaging and knowledgeable, flexible in terms of presentation based on the group needs.